2022 - 2023 High School Schedule

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Sample High School Course Plan:

While homeschoolers in Texas are not required to complete any specified course plan other than a bona fide visual study of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship, the Texas Education Agency’s, Recommended High School Program may give you starting point.

The TEA Recommended High School Program consists of 26 credits. The Core Recommended Course Sample is:

  • 4 credits of English/Language Arts, including English 1 and English 2

  • 3 credits of Mathematics, including Algebra I and Geometry

  • 3 credits of Science, including Biology

  • 3 credits of Social Studies, including World History, U.S. History (1877 to present), ½ credit Government, ½ credit Economics

  • 1 credit of Physical Education

  • 1 credit of Fine Arts

  • 5 ½ credits of Electives

  • 2 credits of Foreign Language Studies

​CG High School Course Plan:

At CG we plan to offer an opportunity to take all of the Core Recommended Courses listed above.​Classes will be subject to teacher availability and interest level.

Yearly Classes:
Some classes, like English, Math, Science and History are offered every year regardless of class size.

Writing Classes - (Multiple Writing classes and Literary Analysis)

Math Classes - (Algebra I, Geometry, & Algebra II)

Science Classes - (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology)

Spanish - (1 and 2)

Rotational Classes:
The following classes are in a rotation plan for every other year

Math: Personal Finance, a Consumer Math class

Science: Physics

Social Studies: World History, Government/Economics (rotates with US History) 

Worldview (rotates with Apologetics)

 

 
WRITING/LITERATURE

4 years of English are needed to graduate:
English 1, 2 and two advanced English courses.

 

English 1

Teacher:​ Krista Barker

Grade:​ 9th or higher

Class Fee​: $10

Minimum number of students​ 4

Maximum number of students ​12

Class Description: This is an IEW based writing. This curriculum teaches students to write outlines that summarize given paragraphs which they will then use to write their own papers. They will be instructed on how to organize their topics to write in a way that will capture the reader's attention and keep it. The curriculum will help them build on their current writing skills. 

 

This is a tried-and-true curriculum that has been around for some time. Students will be responsible for bringing their IEW book to class each week along with their Bible, as these are Bible-based writings.  They will be given homework assignments to be completed each week via Google Classroom (I will send invites to the classroom prior to school starting). If the student does not have good internet service, we will make arrangements. 

 

Text and supplies:

  1. IEW Bible-Based Writing, student book with vocabulary card set is included with book purchase: https://iew.com/shop/products/bible-based-writing-lessons-student-book-only)

  2. Bible

  3. Index cards for writing vocabulary words unless you have bought a new book (they are included)

  4. A homework folder

  5. A folder for holding any papers given to the student by the teacher

  6. You should not need a notebook if papers are turned in online. All writing assignments will need to be saved. The student will be referring back to previous writings from time to time.

 

It is also recommended that you use the Grammar Fix it curriculum at home, but it is not required. The teaching emphasis in this class is on writing styles rather than a grammar curriculum. I have found that students who do the Grammar Fix It along with the writing curriculum get a more rounded English Curriculum, although common grammar errors will be discussed.

 

English II

Teacher: Tracy Coffey

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 

9th and 10th Grades (9th grader must submit a writing sample- contact teacher for instructions) 

This class will be on a 2-year rotation for assignments.

Class fee: $20.00/semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students in the class: 3

Objectives of this class:

1. To enhance a love of language and communication

2. To increase vocabulary and the understanding and use of correct grammar

3. To become an effective communicator

4. To improve creative and critical writing skills

5. To love writing!!

Description of the general class format:

Students will learn to write different types of writings such as: creative, descriptive, persuasive, compare/contrast, explaining a process, research, as well as timed essays.  The students will also work together to brainstorm and edit papers. Students will be expected to take notes.

Description of homework activities:

1. There will be writing assignments each week.

2. Expect at least an hour of homework for this class every day.

3. Students will need to be organized and prepared to turn in homework.

Textbook/workbook information:

Writing: Writing instruction, notes, writing tips, and assignments will be printed and handed out each week.  Journaling will be done to practice and improve learned writing skills.

Other important information:

Students are expected to complete homework assignments as assigned. *Failure to complete assignments may result in the reassignment of the student to study hall.  

**A grade report will be kept in the front of their turn-in folder that will be provided.

Students will need the following supplies:

-loose notebook paper

-black or blue pen

-pencils

-colored pencils

-1-inch binder

-(4) tabbed dividers

-access to computer and Word or Docs

 

English 3 College Preparatory

Teacher: TBD

Prerequisite:  CG English 2 or the equivalent thereof.

Class Fee: $10 per semester

​**Class may change some, with new teacher. Listed below are past class descriptions.

Fall Semester

Course Description:

English 3 fall semester is a study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis is on correct grammar usage, required MLA formatting and documentation, good logic, smooth transition, solid and effective examples and details, and effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Essay genres include descriptive, narrative, comparison/contrast, cause and effect, definition, argumentative, process, researched & documented persuasive, and literary analysis. The class focuses on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for gaining competence and confidence in effective communication and critical analysis.  Prerequisite:  CG English 2 or the equivalent thereof.

Student Learning Outcomes:                                                                                    

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes

develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution 

write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose

read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts

 

Educational Materials (Bring these to class daily):

McWhorter, Kathleen T. Successful College Writing, 6th or 7th edition. 

Downloadable and used versions seem to run about $20.           

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

 Required Supplies and Accesses:

  • $10 print/copy fee

  • Spiral notebook with pockets

  • 3 basic folders with pockets (no brads) – one green, one yellow, one red 

  • Pencils, blue or black and red pens, and a yellow highlighter 

  • 1 pkg. 3 X 5 note cards and 1 pkg. 4 X 6 cards/paper clips or small stapler/plastic sack for cards

  • Access to computer with MS Word, internet for research, and email   

  • (for communication and transfer of essays)

  • Access to 8th edition MLA handbook is recommended 

  • 3 basic folders with pockets (no brads) – one green, one yellow, one red 

  • Pencils, blue or black and red pens, and a yellow highlighter 

  • 1 pkg. 3 X 5 note cards and 1 pkg. 4 X 6 cards/paper clips or small stapler/plastic sack for cards

  • Small post-it notes

  • Access to computer with MS Word, internet for research, and email   

             (for communication and transfer of essays)

  • Access to 8th edition MLA handbook is recommended

Spring 2022

Course Description:

English 3 spring semester is a course in readings and writings, based upon a study of longer works of literature. Students read, study, and respond in formal essays to four classic works. Classroom time involves discussion and note taking for the purpose of literary analysis. Homework involves reading of texts and of assigned notes, note taking, and composing of literary analyses. The emphasis of composition is on critical observation and thinking, proper understanding and application of literary devices, correct grammar usage, required MLA formatting and documentation, good logic, smooth transition, solid and effective examples and details, and effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. The class focuses on good reading exposure as a tool for comprehension of aspects of literature, enhancement of vocabulary and expression, and exposure to and application of life principles. Prerequisite: CG English 2 or the equivalent thereof.

Student Learning Outcomes:                                                                                    

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts, styles, themes, characters

  • demonstrate knowledge of the critical analysis writing process

  • develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution 

  • write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose

Educational Materials (Bring these to class daily):

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

Required Supplies and Accesses:

  • $10 print/copy fee

  • Spiral notebook with pockets

  • A basic folder with pockets (no brads) – one green (for literary analyses)

  • Pencils, blue or black and red pens, and a yellow highlighter 

  • Small post-it notes

  • Access to computer with MS Word, internet for research, and email   

             (for communication and transfer of essays)

  • Access to 8th edition MLA handbook is recommended 

 

Literary Analysis/Advanced English

Teacher: Sloane Simon

Grade: 9th or above; (recommended to have completed English 1 and English 2 but can be taking Eng. 2 concurrently.)

This class is rotational each year and will include different literature, poetry, and short stories; however, the format for the class will remain the same.

Class Fee: $10 supply fee

Maximum: 8 students

Minimum: 2

Class Objectives:  To improve vocabulary, literary analysis, critical reading and comprehension skills. Exposure to literature.

Students will participate in rhetorical discussions of weekly reading assignments. In addition to reading assignments, there will be accompanying comprehension questions, analysis, and basic research as appropriate.

**With new teacher, required Literature may change. Listed below are examples of passed required reading.

Literature required: 

Orphan Train by Christian Baker Kline
The Scarlett Letter
The Hound of Baskervilles
Poetry - Short Stories (no need to buy anything for this)
Fahrenheit 451
The Great Gatsby
Of Mice and Men

Other important information:

All assignments will be graded according to the high school policy guidelines in the Cottage Garden policy form. There will be weekly homework assignments, class discussions, quizzes, and perhaps other special projects, per syllabus. Students will be required to keep up with weekly work by efficient use of syllabus, email, or text. Estimated homework time: Approximately 1 hour per day.

 

 

MATH

3 math classes are required to graduate:
Algebra 1, Geometry plus 1 other. 

It is recommended that college-bound students take 4 Math classes.
(All math classes will use LifePack curriculum) 

 
Algebra 1 – LIFEPAC Curriculum

(no longer Math-U-See)

Teacher: Jennifer Flanders

Grade: High School Only (9th grade typically)

Cost: $10 class fee;

Min-Max number of students: 2-12

Class Description: In this mastery-based math program, your student will focus on mastery of a single skill, and then move on to learn new concepts, laying a foundation for ever-increasing levels of proficiency. In LIFEPAC Algebra I, your student will study concepts such as: variables, signed numbers, solving inequalities, solving word problems, addition, operations with polynomials, binomial factors, radical expressions, irrational numbers, graphing lines and inequalities, graphical solutions, and much more.

Required Materials: LIFEPAC Algebra I Set, each student worktext includes daily math instruction and review, as well as plenty of opportunity for assessment of student progress.

LIFEPAC® Algebra I Set - AOP Homeschooling

Any other required material, will be given and set by teacher, more details to come, as this is new curriculum.

Homework: Will be given and set by teacher, more details to come, as this is new curriculum.

Grading: Will be set by teacher, more details to come, as this is new curriculum.

 

Geometry – LIFEPAC Curriculum

(no longer using Math-U-See)

Teacher: TBD

Grade: High School Only (typically 10th grade)

Cost: $10 class fee;

Min-Max number of students: 2-12

Class Description: During the high school years, it is critically important that math instruction provide adequate preparation for college entrance exams, and that's exactly what your child will receive with LIFEPAC Geometry Set. In these LIFEPAC worktexts, your student will study concepts such as: geometric terms, postulates, theorems, proofs, parallels, angles, polygons, similarity, circles, basic construction, triangles, area and volume, coordinate geometry, coordinate proofs, and much more.

Required Materials:  Students must purchase the workbook sets.

In these LIFEPAC worktexts, your student will study concepts such as: geometric terms, postulates, theorems, proofs, parallels, angles, polygons, similarity, circles, basic construction, triangles, area and volume, coordinate geometry, coordinate proofs, and much more.

 LIFEPAC® Geometry Set - AOP Homeschooling

Any other required material, will be given and set by teacher, more details to come, as this is new curriculum.

Homework: Will be given and set by teacher, more details to come, as this is new curriculum.

Grading: Will be set by teacher, more details to come, as this is new curriculum.

 

Algebra 2 – LIFEPAC Curriculum

(no longer Math-U-See)

Teacher: Jennifer Flanders

Grade: High School Only (typically 11th grade)

Cost: $10 class fee;

Min-Max number of students: 2-12

Class Description:  Now that your child has completed Algebra I and Geometry, it's time for the LIFEPAC Algebra II Set. In this homeschool program, students focus on mastery of a single skill, and then move on to learn new concepts, laying a foundation for ever-increasing levels of proficiency. In LIFEPAC Algebra II, students will study concepts such as axioms, relations and functions, absolute value, graphs, linear equations, operations with polynomials, radical expressions, laws of radicals, quadratic equations and formulas, quadratic relations and systems, exponential functions, matrices, progressions, permutations, and probability.

Required Materials: LIFEPAC Algebra 2 Set, each student worktext includes daily math instruction and review, as well as plenty of opportunity for assessment of student progress.

LIFEPAC® Algebra II 10-Unit Set - AOP Homeschooling

Any other required material, will be given and set by teacher, more details to come, as this is new curriculum.

Homework: Will be given and set by teacher, more details to come, as this is new curriculum.

Grading: Will be set by teacher, more details to come, as this is new curriculum.

 

 

SCIENCE

3 sciences are required to graduate; Biology and 2 others.
It is recommended that college-bound students take 4 sciences.

 

Physical Science

Teacher: Shazia Lackey
Grade: 8th/9th
Cost: $10 per student per semester
Maximum number of Students:  10          

Skills Needed: This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology.  It is recommended for 8th or 9th grade students who have completed General Science and Pre-Algebra and will be concurrently taking Algebra 1.  Math skills used in this course include converting measurement units, graphing, rearranging and solving equations, and multiplying and dividing fractions.  Students should display a maturity level appropriate for high school level work and be able to keep up with the workload. 

Class Description: The text discusses atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonds, reactions and energy, motion, forces, energy, waves and sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and Earth’s structure, weathering, and atmosphere.

Class Format: Class time is devoted to discussing, performing, and recording experiments, as well as reviewing material from each module.

Homework: Students are provided a daily schedule of reading assignments and homework questions.  Assignments for each module may include Notes and Practice, OYO Questions, Lab Reports, Study Guides, and Tests.  Projects may also be incorporated into the class.  Occasionally, students/parents perform experiments at home that are not completed in class because of time.  The class pace is ½ module per week.  The required time is approximately 1 hour per day at home.

Required Textbooks:  Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd edition

Solutions and Tests Manual, 3rd edition

Additional Supplies:  scientific calculator, 1” binder, package of 5 dividers

 

Biology

Teacher: Jeri Prestidge
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class​: This is a high school Biology credit, traditionally offered as a Freshman-level science class.
Prerequisite​: Successful completion of Physical Science is recommended prior to taking Biology.
Class Fee:​ $20 per semester
Maximum:​ 15
Minimum​: 3
Objectives of this class:​ This Biology class includes study of life from a Christian the perspective. This includes bacteria, chemistry of life, the cell, genetics, evolution, ecosystems and animal and plant kingdoms.
Description of the general class format:​ Most of the class time will be spent performing lab experiments and module discussion with PowerPoint. We will use the microscope often, conduct experiments weekly, and participate in four dissections during the year.
Description of enrichment or homework activities​:
50% of students grade will include this required work:

  • Daily reading at home while answering​ OYO​ (On your Own)

  • Memorizing of terms from the book

  • Completing​ Study guides

  • Writing ​lab reports​ as assigned

  • Completing ​test guide

  • Possible pop quiz and projects

50% of students grade: will come from Module tests. These tests will be taken at home, supervised by
the parent and returned to the teacher to be graded.
Estimated homework time​: will vary according to student, but approximately 1 hour per day.​
Textbook/workbook information:​
https://www.apologia.com/product/apologia-basic-set-biology-3rd-edition/
Exploring Creation with Biology​ by Jay L. Wile, 3rd Edition, Apologia textbook plus Solutions and Test manual.
Other important information​:
Teacher will grade chapter tests and keep records of all grades, including homework listed above. Parents will be notified of a student's progress each grading period. If students fall behind, they will be asked to transfer out of the class. No late work is accepted. Please see the policy form.

 

 

Anatomy and Physiology

Teacher: April McDonald
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: This is an advanced biology course. It is intended for junior and senior-level students. 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of biology. First-year chemistry is strongly recommended, but not required to take this class. Apologia does recommend taking chemistry first.
Class Fee: $45 Fall and $35 in Spring
Minimum to Maximum number of students: 3-10
Objectives of this class: This advanced biology course covers the anatomy and physiology of the human body's eleven organ systems in detail. We will learn the structure and function of the human body from the cellular to the organ system level.
Description of the general class format: Most of the class time will be lecture format. We will also use the microscope frequently and perform three dissections during the year.
Description of enrichment or homework activities:
Daily Work- 50% of grade will include: Reading assignments, answering questions from the text, and completing a study guide for each module. Daily work must be checked by the parent or student prior to taking the test. Grades given will be for completion only.
Writing lab reports as assigned. These will be graded by the teacher.
Tests- 50% of student's grade will come from chapter tests.
These tests will be taken at home and returned to the teacher to be graded.
Estimated homework time: Will vary according to student, but approximately one hour per day. A large portion of this course includes memorization. More time may be required for some students.
Textbook/Workbook information:
Advanced Biology: The Human Body 2nd Edition by Marilyn M. Shannon & Rachael L. Yunis
Advanced Biology: The Human Body 2nd Edition Solutions and Test Manual
Advanced Biology: The Human Body 2nd Edition Student Notebook (new)

 

Chemistry

Teacher: Jennifer Poorman

Suitable ages, abilities, or skills: motivated High school students who have successfully completed Algebra 
Class Fee: $5
Maximum: 10
Minimum: 4
General Class Format: Generally, each class will consist of a lecture by the teacher to cover the main concepts in the module and a lab(s) to reinforce the concepts. Depending upon the school calendar and the number of labs in each module, there may be one or two lectures over each module. This is not enough time to cover all topics/sections, the lectures are intended to be a help in conquering difficult concepts and to help in calculations and application of concepts. It is very important that the student is prepared for each class, having read their assignments and attempted practice problems as daily work. Students will be performing labs that are supervised by the instructor. It is the student's responsibility to maintain and care for equipment used for experiments. (See policy form concerning damaged equipment)
Objectives of this class:
To provide aid in understanding the basic concepts of chemistry for the high school student. To perform chemistry experiments in order to enhance the students' understanding of chemistry principles.
Description of the general class format: This is a college preparatory course. You do not need to plan on college to take this course, however, a thorough, solid knowledge of algebra, and a willingness to learn about chemistry are essential for success. 
Binders will be collected each week to check for completion of work. Chemistry experiments will be performed most weeks & students will be required to complete a lab report on each experiment that is assigned. Lab reports will be graded on their content by the instructor.
If a student misses for any reason, including absence, the student must still write a lab report by doing the experiment on their own at home or from the information given in the textbook.
Description of homework activities:
This is high school and I expect a certain level of independence and self-governing. Students will be given a syllabus at the beginning of the year which will provide what module and experiments will be done in class. The student is expected to come to class having done the reading, including read and understood the experiment, and be prepared to conduct any experiments. "On Your Own" (OYO) problems, and other daily work are expected to completed and turned in at CG. If there is illness or CG is cancelled, I will work with you to get the test, lab reports, and daily work from you. There will be a penalty assessed on any late work if CG is not cancelled or I have not received communication of illness prior to 9am on CG Day. I am not assigning certain reading to be done on a certain day. I expect you to work 1-1.5 hours every day in order to complete the reading and practice problems. If this is not sufficient time for you, then I expect you to put in the necessary extra work to be successful. I am available for questions or tutoring if needed as my schedule permits.

Textbook/workbook information:

Discovering Design with Chemistry Set | Berean Builders | (rainbowresource.com)

This is a NEW text for CG, but this text has been available for a couple of years: Discovering Design with Chemistry Set (set includes the Solutions & Test Manual). You can buy from any source, but the link is for Rainbow Resource. ISBN 978-0-9962784-6-1
[copywrite 2015, 5th printing 2020]
NOTE: This is an upper-level class, therefore the teacher will assist in the learning process, but each parent is still ultimately responsible for the education of their own child. A parent may choose to read the book with their student. As a teacher, it is my goal to help your student succeed in chemistry.
Grading Method:
For most modules, 50% of the student’s grade will come from the daily work assigned and lab reports/lab participation and the other 50% of the grade will come from test grades. Late work will be penalized, see above. If absent due to illness, work may be turned in at the next CG, or may be emailed to the teacher. 
 

 

Living Books - Biology

Teacher: D. Rappazzo

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: HS Biology credit

Prerequisite: None

Class Fee: $30 Workbook; Printing Fee: $40 (1st semester only, possible reimbursement if printing comes in less)

Minimum to Maximum number of students: 3-12

Objectives of this Class: Learn more about the world we live in and more about God through the study of His creation. This includes topics such as: cells, ecosystems, and plant and animal kingdoms.

General Class Format: Class time will include experiments (including microscopes and dissections), discussions, videos, and other activities.

Description of enrichment/homework activities: Students will be expected to read the online textbook and complete the assigned workbook pages each week. Additional essays, readings, activities may also be assigned.

Grading: Workbook assignments and other weekly assignments, class participation, quizzes Textbook/workbook information: We will be using the online textbook, workbook, experiments, and basic outline from Guest Hollow https://guesthollow.com/guest-hollows-high-school-biology-curriculum-on line-schedule/ The online textbook includes free access to books by Ken Ham (The New Answers Books vol. 1 & 2), Evolution Exposed by Roger Patterson, and other books

Exploring Creation with Physics (Apologia​)

Teacher: TBD

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:​ ​High school students who have a firm understanding of Algebra and a basic understanding of trigonometric functions (including sine, cosine, and tangent functions) learned in Geometry. 

Prerequisite:​ Usually students need to have completed Algebra II, but if the student has a good grasp of math concepts, this course could be taken after Geometry. 

Class Fee: $10/year 

Maximum number of students in the class: 8 

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 3 

Objectives of this class: To provide a basic understanding of Physics for the high school student. To perform Physics experiments to enhance the students' understanding of Physics principles. 

Description of the general class format:​ Physics experiments will be performed each week & students will have time to ask questions about problems they have attempted to perform or about other concepts being learned. Description of homework activities: ​Students will be given a syllabus at the beginning of the year which will outline the reading assignments & problems they are expected to complete.​  ​

Each student should expect to spend 1 - 1 1/2 hours each day completing their Physics work.  Tests will be given to take at home. Parents are expected to proctor tests: they should be taken without notes or text.

Textbook/workbook information:​

​Apologia Exploring Creation with Physics Text Second Edition by Dr. Jay Wile (2nd edition is required) and solution guide. 

Other important information: 

This upper-level class will be taught in a way to help prepare students for college. The teacher will assist in the learning process, but it is the student who will be primarily responsible for learning the curriculum. The class time will consist mostly of performing experiments. There will be some explanation of concepts, but students are expected to do most of their learning on their own through the text. 

Grading Method: 

50% of students grade will include this required work: 

  • Daily reading at home while taking notes and completing OYO problems 

  • Writing Lab Reports 

  • Practice problems (parent/student check accuracy) 

  • Review Questions (parents/ students check accuracy) 

  • In class weekly quiz 

50% of students grade: will come from chapter tests. 

  • These tests will be taken at home and returned to the teacher to be graded. 

  • Tests are to be taken without book or notes, unless otherwise specified by the teacher. 

  • There will be a comprehensive final test at the end of each semester.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

3 Social Studies Credits are required:
World History;
US History (1877 to present) (not offered 2022-2023 school year, the curriculum being selected still);
½ credit Government, ½ credit Economics 

 

World History – Notgrass (new curriculum)

Teacher: Paula Cote

*New teacher and new Curriculum, more details will be available soon.

Suitable age and requirements for this class: HS History Credit

Class Fee: $10

Min to Max number of students in the class: 2-12

Class Description: From Creation to the 21st century, Exploring World History presents ancient, medieval, and modern history from the perspective of faith in God and respect for His Word. It offers a thorough survey of Western civilization with significant coverage of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The hardcover books feature hundreds of full-color photographs and illustrations.

Completing the full course provides your child with a year's high school credit in World History, English, and Bible. However, at Cottage Garden, we are only doing the World History study. The English and Bible can be done at home, on your own time. The history credit involves reading the lessons and the original documents (and answering the questions in the optional Student Review if desired).

The Curriculum Package includes:

  • Part 1: Creation Through the Middle Ages (first semester)

  • Part 2: The Renaissance to the Present (second semester)

  • In Their Words: Original Documents, Speeches, Poems, and Stories from World History (assigned readings)

Required Materials: Three textbook resources are required. Exploring World History Curriculum Package – Notgrass History

*Once teacher has been found for this class, lesson plans created, CG will give more details of further materials needed for class i.e.: binder, dividers, Exploring World History Student Review packet, etc.

 

 

 

Government

Teacher:  Cecilia Isenberg

Suitable ages and requirements for this class: 11th-12th grade

Credits: This ½ credit course will be taught the Fall semester of the year.

Class Fee: $10

Min to Max number of students in the class: 2 - 12

Class Description: Lessons cover federal, state, and local government and contemporary issues in government. Special emphasis is placed on the Biblical basis for government and on the U.S. Constitution. Each of the fifteen units is intended to be studied for one week.

Objectives of this class: Students explore the government of the United States from its beginning to the present with special emphasis on the Biblical pattern for government and on the U.S. Constitution. By learning about the operations of federal, state, and local government, and about issues facing our nation today, students become better equipped to understand, pray for, and be involved in our country’s government. We will follow the general election (candidates, stance/views, process, outcome, etc.) through discussion, as well as print and video media. Students will have a broad understanding of how elections impact the families, values, laws, enterprise, economy, and the foreign policy of our nation, and that understanding will empower them to be informed voters as they become of age and even inspire them to be involved and/or serve in our Republic in the future. 

Description of homework activities:

1. Read assigned text and answer assigned questions in preparation for class discussion. Approximate time required is 1 to 3 hrs./wk.

2. Students are expected to complete & turn in written work each week.

3. Students will have one election-related project that will be due and presented in class. (There will be an option to work with a partner to complete this project.)

Textbook/workbook information:

Please purchase the following curriculum (it may be new or used):

Exploring Government Curriculum Package - must be the 2016 version (cost $60 new) by Ray Notgrass and Student Review Pack - must be for 2016 version (cost $12 new).

             ***The Exploring Government Curriculum Package includes two books:

                                *Exploring Government

                                *We Hold These Truths

             ***Student Review pack includes Student Review, a consumable Quiz and Exam Book; and the Answer Key (please do not give the quiz, test, or answer key to the students)

Required supplies:

* The student is to bring pencils and/or pens to class (we will not be using laptops in class).

* Students will need one packet of lined paper.

* A 3-ring binder with dividers, syllabus, and more will be given to each student at our first meeting. 

Grades:

Coming to class with material read, participating in class discussions, having a respectful, learner’s attitude--20%

The other 80% of the grade will be based on correct answers valued at one point per question for each of the following:

Weekly student assignments

Weekly and/or bi-weekly quizzes

Three mid-term tests (material taken from student review and quizzes)

Election project/presentation (point value announced when assigned)

 

Economics

Teacher: Joy Sutton
Suitable ages and requirements for this class: 11th-12th grade
Credits: This ½ credit course will be taught the Spring semester of the year.
Class Fee: $7
Min to Max number of students in the class: 2 - 10
Description of homework activities:
1. Read assigned text and answer assigned questions in preparation for class discussion. There are five weekly lessons with 10 questions (in student review) for each lesson, but only 5 questions will be assigned per lesson (please follow the syllabus to know which questions are assigned). Approximate time required is up to 1 hour/day.
2. Students are expected to complete & turn in assigned quizzes. These are completed at home, signed by the parent, and then turned in each week. Notes can be used, but please do not use your book.
3. Students are expected to complete and present 3 projects throughout the course to the class. These projects are outlined in the syllabus.
4. Three tests will be given in class.
Textbook/workbook information:
Exploring Economics - must be the 2016 version (cost $45 new) by Ray Notgrass
and Student Review Pack - must be for 2016 version (cost $12 new).
***The Exploring Economics Curriculum Package ($60)  includes two books:
*Exploring Economics, with 75 lessons divided into fifteen units of five lessons each.
*Making Choices, a collection of original source documents. Making Choices is not a required book for this course. This text might be discussed in class, but no questions will be assigned from it.
***Student Review pack includes Student Review, a consumable Quiz and Exam Book; and the Answer Key.
Required supplies for class:
* The student is to bring pencils &/or pens to class (we will not be using laptops in class).
* Spiral notebook to submit review questions each week. Student review questions may be typed if desired.
Grades:
Weekly student review – 20%
Weekly quiz (given at home) with parent signature – 15%
Three mid-term tests (material taken from student review and quizzes) – 30%
Class participation - 10%
Three projects presented to the class – 25%

 

 

 
Foreign Language Offerings

{Foreign Language Studies is 2 credits} 

  

Spanish 2

Teacher:​ Nafisa McGarrahan
Suitable Ages:​ This is a high school level course
Class Fee:​ $10/semester
Prerequisite: ​complete Spanish I or pass my Spanish I final exam
Textbook/workbook information:​ Each student must have access to “Spanish II for Christian Schools” 2nd edition Student Text by BJU press. The other materials offered by BJU are NOT needed.
Minimum:​ 3
Maximum:​ 12
General description of the class:​ Spanish 2 introduces students to conjugating verbs in Spanish. Students will learn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish, give and follow directions, purchase items, and make small talk. The textbook is rich with activities to help students gain confidence with the Spanish language.

 
HS Sign Language 2

Teacher: ​Meg Wingard

Class Fee: $10 

Suitable Ages/skill level:​ high school students - prerequisite HS Sign Language 1 or equivalent

Objective: ​ASL 2 is a continuation of ASL 1.  This course is designed to continue the development of American Sign Language expressive and receptive skills, grammar, vocabulary, cultural awareness, and related terminology.

Class Description:​ This class will focus on cementing sign language vocabulary previously learned and using it in everyday conversation. New vocabulary will be presented as well as how to use facial grammar and body language.  Two-person conversations will be used throughout the semester.  There will be assignments to practice for in-class presentations, short research papers, and tests every other month.

Textbook: ​Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language by Ed. Valli, Clayton (Author) 

Internet access is also needed to practice lessons and take weekly quizzes at home.

Homework expectations: Students must practice signing at home to be successful. Students will also write translations and write short research papers pertaining to Deaf culture and history. Students will have practice quizzes to do at home before coming to class for part of the class.

 

Fine Arts

Requirement for Fine Arts is 1 Credit
(1 full year; may be different classes) 

 
Studio 2

(3-year rotation-current school year 2022/2023) Students do not have to take Studio 1 in order to enlist in this class.

Fall 2022/ Spring 2023

Instructor: Becky Helvey

Class fees: $35 

Minimum to Maximum students: 3-15

General Information Description: This will be a course that will follow a three year curriculum; Studio 1, Studio 2 and Studio 3. There is no prerequisite to enter the course, only listed in consecutive order so that a student does not repeat a class in following years at Cottage Garden. The class will be structured with 10 minutes of information/history about an artist followed by about 30 minutes of student exploration in the artist's technique, with the final few minutes used for cleaning up and sharing. The emphasis of the class is exploration. There will be consecutive weeks that we work on the same technique and project. Students will explore a variety of artists, art processes and materials such as painting, drawing, chalk, mosaics, collage, & printing. The students will use class time exploring and developing skills in this creative endeavor.

Expectations and Goals: The goal of the class is to encourage students in the area of art & creativity while they explore different mediums and techniques. Willingness to get involved in the creative process is a more important requirement than the student’s talent or previous experience. 

Course Materials: All supplies will be provided. Cover ups will be available.  However, students are welcome to bring their own apron/smock/old t-shirt to class.  

 

 Class Expectations: Each student is required to submit at least one work for the End of the Year Program.

1. Be in the room before the bell rings. Dropping your stuff and leaving would not qualify you as being on time.

2. Sit at your assigned seat unless given the “OK” to move. That means you do not walk around the room during the class to socialize.

3. Talk quietly with students at your table.

4. Draw, paint, etc. on your artwork only!

5. Bring your work home anytime you want. You are responsible for having it back next class day.

6. Encourage your fellow classmates in a positive way.

7. You are responsible for cleaning your work area and tools that you used.

 

 

 

Art Foundations

Teacher: Rachel Wall

Suitable Ages/Skill Level: JH/HS Students

Class Fee: $25 per semester

Minim-Max of Students: 3-15

Objects of this Class: This art class will focus on learning of the basic Element of Art and Principles of Design using fun and engaging lessons and projects.

Description of the General Class Format: Weekly lessons and hands-on projects will deepen the students’ knowledge and understanding of art & design, as well as develop their artistic skills and creative expression, In class, students will use a variety of techniques and media to create unique art pieces to take home.  This class will be on a 3-year rotation with the classes of “Art with history” and “Crafty Creators”.

Homework: Homework will be minimal, provided students use class time to work. At the end of the year program, students are to submit at least one project from the year.

Extra class materials: students need a smock or old t-shirt to protect their normal clothing.

 

Electives

Recommendation for Electives is 5 ½ Credits
(any combination of full year or semester courses)

Apologetics 

Teacher: Cecilia Isenberg 

Class fee: $10

Overview: During this course, your student will tackle the question of absolute truth, demolish the follies of postmodernism, debunk moral relativism, and march logically and surely toward the inescapable truths of the Christian faith. This will a be a heavy reading and discussion-based course. Students are expected to read prior to class and come prepared to discuss, articulate and defend that weeks study topics. 

 

Required Texts:

1. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, Frank Turek

2. I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist Workbook, Frank Turek/Norman Geisler 

https://www.apologia.com/product/i-dont-have-enough-faith-to-be-an-atheist-workbook/

 

Highly encouraged reading (in this order):

- Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis 

- The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins 

- Cold Case Christianity, J. Warner Wallace 

 

Photography/Yearbook

Teacher: Lana Wilson

Photography mostly in Fall and 1/2 of Yearbook in Spring Credit: ½ credit;

Fall class Fee: $15

Maximum: 12

Minimum: 3

Class Description: This is a beginner digital photography course, it is meant to help you understand your camera and learn basic photography skills such as lighting, rules 2/3rds, depth of field, and black and white photography.

Description of homework assignments: Throughout the course, there will be multiple assignments given due the following week. They will be short and there to help the photographer grow in skills. All photographs need to be uploaded to a website or a thumb drive prior to class. Goals:

2 Photography contests

Dance Photobooths

Required Equipment:

- The students will need a digital camera. It does not have to be a DSLR. Any digital camera will work.

- Access to an electronic device to upload photos to a class account, likely Shutterfly. Plus, a thumb drive.

Yearbook Part 2 of Photography Credit: ½ credit; Spring class

Class Fee: $15

Maximum: 12

Minimums: 3

Using our photography skills to make a yearbook for Cottage Garden. Learning whitespace, formatting, and other skills to make a book.

Required Equipment:

-The students will need a digital camera. It does not have to be a DSLR. Any digital camera will work.

-Access to an electronic device to upload photos to a class account, likely Shutterfly. Plus, a thumb drive.

 
Web design & Development

Teacher: David Herndon
Cost: $10

Course Description: This introductory course will teach you how to build a basic website. In this course we will build a website using a web technology called WordPress. WordPress powers millions of blogs and websites. It can build almost anything you imagine: blog, portfolio, website, or online store. In this class you will learn how to create your own website with this powerful and open-source publishing platform. You will learn how to create and publish posts and pages; create and edit blocks; and define reusable content blocks to take full advantage of the new block editor codenamed "Gutenberg."

Topics Include:

1. Installing WordPress

2. Creating posts and pages

3. Formatting text

4. Publishing and scheduling posts

5. Adding images, audio, and video

6. Bulk editing posts and pages

7. Working with reusable blocks

Course Objects:

1. Learn and practice working as a team

2. Learn the fundamentals of web design

3. Plan the content, structure and layout of your website

4. Learn how to deploy your first web page to the world wide web

Requirements:

1. The Internet will be required for certain classes

2. Personal laptop: Mac or PC with charger

3. Ability and permission to install required software

4. Maintain out of class communications on Google classroom

 

 

HS Worldview - Understanding the Times (Summit Ministries)

Teacher: Catherine Pratt
Curriculum:  Understanding the Times from Summit Ministries 

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:  

Recommended for mature 14 and up
Credits: 1 credit; full-year course.
Class fee: $31.50 (This provides digital SUMMIT materials, it doesn't provide an ebook of the textbook, but we do recommend a physical copy as well)

Maximum number of students in this class: 10
Minimum number of students: 3
Objectives of this class: To provide a guided tour of the answers to life’s ultimate questions in an atmosphere of genuine inquiry and community. Understanding the Times examines the six most prominent worldviews influencing the world today (Christianity, Islam, Secularism, Marxism, New Spirituality, and Postmodernism), and it shows how their influence manifests in the culture and key academic disciplines operating in America’s institutions of higher learning (Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Law, Politics, Economics and History).
Description of the general class format: A "flipped classroom" format is utilized in which students read the assignments and watch a video lecture at home prior to participating in discussion which is facilitated in the classroom. Some additional "current event" video material is occasionally presented in the classroom as well.
Description of homework activities: Read a chapter from the text and any additional reading assignment, watch a video, some written work, including a coordinating Bible study. Students will work on memorization of the worldview chart throughout the year individually and as a group. One project/presentation will be assigned each semester. Approximately 2-4 hrs/wk.
Textbook/supplies: ISBN: 1434709582 Understanding the Times: A Survey of Competing Worldviews (Volume 2)

Computer needed at home to complete assignments.
Computer system requirements:
Apple iOS: app (version 8.2 or higher) 

Apple OS: app for OSX (version 10.9 or higher)
Most devices running Google Chrome: version 49 or higher
Android Devices with Google Chrome: Android version 4.4 or higher

 

 

Intro to Cake Decorating (Fall Only)

Teacher: April McDonald

Class Fee: $35

Suitable Age/Skill Level: High School Students

Maximum number of students: 10

Minimum number of students: 3

Objective: Students will learn the basics techniques for decorating cakes; different tools and how to use them; how to make, color, and store icing; tricks and tips for baking; and skills for making beautiful cakes.

Supplies: Apron (food coloring can be permanent), Baked Cake *regularly* CG Mondays, Homemade Buttercream Frosting (see class description),

Class description: They will also need to bring homemade buttercream. No other icing will be allowed for decorating in class. Store-bought icing does not work. It does not hold up for what we are going to put it through. You can buy buttercream but *not* tubs of Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker icing. Please make sure you and most importantly your student realizes the amount of work that will be required before class. Baked goods could be anything from cakes, cupcakes, cookies, etc. As a class, we will talk about what we will be bringing. A store-bought cake is fine and if it has icing on it, we can scrape it off and decorate from there. We can be flexible on the cake/cupcake, we will not be flexible on the icing. Store-bought icing does not work for this class and past classes have had students unable to participate.

 
JH/HS Sewing

Teacher: Lacey Lowry

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Junior High/High School, need a willingness to listen and learn.

Class Fees: $35

Minimum number of students: 1

Maximum number of students: 10

Class Descriptions: Students will learn how to operate their sewing machine comfortably, reading instructions, learn about different fabrics, apply Math to projects, Fun, etc.

Description of homework activities: Homework will not be given unless they want to work ahead on projects or need more time.

Example Projects: bookmark, headband/scrunches, pillowcase, hot pads, quilt top.

Required Supplies: Sewing machine, scissors, white thread, pin cushion, straight pins.

Materials covered by class fees: Cutting mats, rotary tools, sewing rulers, and fabrics.

 

 

Robotics

Teacher: David Herndon

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Open to all HS level (9th-12th).

Minim to Maxim number of students: 2-12

Class Descriptions: This class will teach students the basics of electricity, robotics and some light programming. We will learn the Arduino system. Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are the brains of robots. Arduino boards are able to read inputs - light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board. This course will teach students the basics of Arduino, which will get them started with programming and robotics.

Description of homework activities: Will be left to teacher but goal is for all work to be done in class.

Class fees:  $20 for robot parts specific to in class projects. 

 

 

 

Introduction to Hand Tool Woodworking

Teacher:​ Daniel Burnett

Grade:​ 9th and up.

Class Fee​: $55 will include materials needed for building projects

Minimum number of students​: 2 per class

Maximum number of students: ​5 per class

Class Description: This class is a high-level overview of shop safety/first aid, wood structure, types of woodworking hand tools, their use and project design/layout. Text for the class will be provided. Homework will be light and in handout form. This is a Pass/Fail class.

Class Supplies: safety glasses. $4 at Lowe’s or HomeDepot. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Radians-Radians-Mirage-Safety-Eyewear-Clear/5001237271 Or https://www.homedepot.com/p/ERB-I-Fit-Flex-orange-Temple-Clear-Lens-16267/303984256

Three-ring binder.

Pencil.

Sharpie.

Close-toed shoes 

A good attitude and a desire to learn about hand tool woodworking.

Things to Know:

Woodworking tools are inherently sharp. The potential for lacerations is very real. Applicable safety practices will be taught, and each student must follow them at all times. Horseplay will not be tolerated.

We will construct two shop projects for use during the class and the students will take them home at the end of the year.

All tools and materials will be supplied.

Long hair will need to be pulled back and secured.

Loose clothing will need to be secured.

Jewelry will need to be removed during class.

This class is moderately physical. It will require pushing, pulling, bending, stooping, standing, grasping, and lifting up to 25 lbs. For female students, dresses are not recommended however all accommodations will be made as needed to promote modesty. For any additional accommodations please ask. I don’t want anyone to miss out.

 

Intermediate Woodworking

Teacher:​ Daniel Burnett

Grade:​ 9th and up.

Class Fee​: $55 will include materials needed for building projects

Minimum number of students​: 2 per class

Maximum number of students: ​5 per class

Prerequisite: Must have taken Introduction to Hand Tool Woodworking. 

Text book required: Joined by Joshua A. Klein. $21. Available at  https://www.mortiseandtenonmag.com/collections/books/products/joined-a-bench-guide-to-furniture-joinery-book

Class Description: This intermediate class is a form study of a shaker style end table with a dovetailed drawer. Each student will construct their on table as they learn and practice each skill. Stock prep, marking, measuring, mortise and tenon joints, dovetail joints, preindustrial construction mindset, leg tapering and drawer box construction are some of the topics we will explore. 

Additional items needed: Tools and material provided, except for following - the textbook mentioned above, safety glasses, and a three-ring binder, are required by student. 

HS Boys Sports

Instructor: William O’Connell​
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:​ High Schoolboy
Class Fee: $5 per semester
Maximum Number of Students:​ 20
Minimum Number of Students:​ 4
Class Description​: The class will learn sports such as football, kickball, dodgeball, baseball, etc. Students do not need to be proficient in any sport. 
Goal:  ​teach boys team building, team camaraderie, rules of sports, and provide a way of getting exercise.

JH/HS Beginning and Intermediate Swords: (Swords #1)

Instructor:​ Jaci Luebbert
Suitable for:​ JH or High School students, 12 years old and up.  This is for anyone who has never had any sword lessons from me. We will cover Beginner instructions the first semester, and intermediate the second.
Class Fee:​ $30 per semester; (Additional $25 for students without a sword – 1-time fee.)
Maximum class:​ 8

Minimum class:​ 3
Objective:​ ​Students will learn the basic fundamentals of theatrical sword fighting in a fun and safe environment.
Supplies needed:  Gloves (Can be leather work gloves. These can be purchased at Tractor Supply or Walmart. No fingerless gloves or bicycle gloves, etc.)

 

JH/HS Assorted Weapon and Saber: (Swords #2 - Intermediate)

Instructor:​ Jaci Luebbert
Prerequisite: These students needed to have completed the Beginning Swords class.
Class Fee:​ $30 per semester
Maximum class:​ 8

Minimum class:​ 3
Objective:​ ​: In this class the students will learn to fight with an assortment of different weapons safely and incorporate them in their theatrical fights.
Supplies needed: Gloves (Can be leather work gloves. These can be purchased at Tractor Supply or Walmart. No fingerless gloves or bicycle gloves, etc.)

 

JH/HS Fight Building and Combat: (Swords #3)

Instructor:​ Jaci Luebbert
Prerequisite: These students needed to have completed the Beginning and Intermediate Swords class.
Class Fee:​ $30 per semester
Maximum class:​ 8

Minimum class:​ 3
Objective: Students will learn more advanced fundamentals of theatrical sword fighting in a fun and safe environment.
Supplies needed: Gloves (Can be leather work gloves. These can be purchased at Tractor Supply or Walmart. No fingerless gloves or bicycle gloves, etc.)

JH/HS Pickleball

Teacher: Christine Davis

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed: JH/HS students

Class Fee: $10

Max class: 12

Minimum: 3

Class Objectives:  Pickleball is a game that combines elements of tennis badminton and ping pong.  Students will learn the rules and strategies of this fun game.  Students will practice both singles and doubles play.

Class Format:  Class time will be spent on the tennis courts learning and practicing the game of Pickleball. 

Homework: No homework will be assigned

Required Supplies:  Each student needs to have a pickelball paddle and at least one whiffle ball for class. 

JH/HS Theater

Teacher: Chanel Hague

Class Fee: $10 (Fall) and $20 (for Spring production)

Minim to Max number of students: 1-20

Requirements: This class is open to all acting levels & will be geared toward filling the needs & desires of each student to help them grow in their experience and love of theatre. Students must come to each class prepared with a pencil & their issued scripts &/or materials.

Overview: Drama will center around stage performance, acting fundamentals & skills, theatre etiquette both on & off stage, acting & stage terms, acting exercises & techniques, acting preparation & warmups, scene study, character study, cast support, costuming, set & props. Currently, I don't foresee a need for practices outside of regularly scheduled co-op classes, as long as students are doing their homework each week to memorize, practice, etc. If that were to change, then parents would be notified in advance with details. This is a two-semester class in which we will be putting on a production at the end of the year. If your student does not want to perform in front of an audience, please do not have them enroll in this class, as it's a performing arts class. If your student joins mid-year, they'll be accommodated as much as possible.

Grading Method: Each student will be graded based on participation & will receive either a pass or fail. Attendance at the final performance is mandatory. Students will have a lot of influence over how the class progresses & what we focus on in class, as well as what the final production will be. I look forward to working with your students!

Homework: Memorize lines, practice parts, practice acting exercises, costume &/or prop assembly, etc. for the performance production.

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